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Power Art at Reichstag

December 18, 2011


This morning I joined a Kunst und Architekturführung at the Reichstag building. When I stood on the roof next to Norman Foster’s dome, I realised Hans Haacke’s work Der Bevölkerung (see also this post) must be visible on Google Earth, and indeed it is: The poor legibility is mainly due to the work itself: the […]

Hansaviertel, Marzahn and Hellersdorf

December 6, 2011


My field work is becoming a strange game of ‘find the weird sculptures’. I’m beginning to sense where they may be when I enter a particular area: between some high rises, on a green patch by the side of the road, in front of a public building… when you’re in a post war Grosssiedlung and […]

Salon 3: The Future Of The Past

November 29, 2011


Starting with a tour around some random public art works in the neighbourhood, we discussed the recent past of public art. Joining us were: Vincent de Boer (curator at Stroom Den Haag, NL), Hans Dickel (publisher of Kunst in der Stadt, Skulpturen in Berlin), Dominique Hurth (artist), Constanze von Marlin (art historian, researcher), Dieter Roelstraete […]

Public Art between GDR and Prussia

November 10, 2011


Because I had a meeting there I took the day to bike around Potsdam and see their public art (and parks and buildings of course). First stop was a tower by Dutch artist Lucas Lenglet, situated perfectly in the city center and also next to some plattenbau flats. It’s a really nice work I think, […]

Derelict Public Spaces

October 30, 2011


Fellow researcher Mariska van den Berg is joining me at ABA this week, her focus is on forms of appropriation of public space – artists, designers, architects or other civic groups claiming pieces of the city for informal use. Together we took a look at what is left of Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum, a stretch of […]

Standing figures, miscellaneous

October 4, 2011


I think the Märchen is what’s keeping Germans balanced (with the weight of history, politics and philosophy on the other end), at least that’s what I thought when I saw the Märchenbrunnen in Volkspark Friedrichshain. Fortunately for me another grafitti artist had been doing his thing (see also the Wagner memorial), quite in keeping with […]

Es gibt ein Buch!

October 4, 2011


Contrary to what Buchhandlung Walther Koenig told me, there is a book on public art in Berlin (thank you Hester Oerlemans). Not only is there one book, there is a book that precedes the book (it’s from 1990), soon to be delivered: In my growing library is also this fascinating report of all the Kunst […]